Wednesday, 24 June 2009
Before I came to Tokyo, I didn't realise how many people used bikes in Japan.
With over 12million people living here(central Tokyo, only 23 wards), at least half have bikes. Most of them need bikes to get to work, or the train station.
Leave your bike unattended on the streets, and the chances are that the nice, old men who work for the goverment will take it away and impound it. You pay the hefty fine to get it back.
Some places, like here in Nakano, have a bike park. This one is 3-floors and costs 100-yen to leave your bike for the day.
Needless to say, they are making a killing on this.
I took these pics late at night when it was quite empty.
Go mid afternoon and you'll be struggling to find space to put your bike.